Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

by Greg McKeown

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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Essentialism isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done.
 
“A timely, essential read for anyone who feels overcommitted, overloaded, or overworked.”—Adam Grant
 
Have you ever:
• Found yourself stretched too thin?
• Simultaneously felt overworked and underutilized?
• Felt busy but not productive?
• Feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas?
 
If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist
 
Essentialism is more than a time-management strategy or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution toward the things that really matter.
 
By forcing us to apply more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy—instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us.
 
Essentialism is not one more thing—it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804137386
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 8,712
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Greg McKeown writes, teaches, and speaks around the world on the importance of living and leading as an Essentialist. He has spoken at companies including Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Salesforce.com, Symantec, and Twitter and is among the most popular bloggers for the Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn Influencer’s group. He co-created the course, Designing Life, Essentially  at Stanford University, was a collaborator of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Multipliers and serves as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum. He holds an MBA from Stanford University. www.gregmckeown.com

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Table of Contents

Part I Essence: What is the core mind-set of an Essentialist?

1 The Essentialist 1

2 Choose: The Invincible Power of Choice 33

3 Discern: The Unimportance of Practically Everything 41

4 Trade-Off: Which Problem Do I Want? 49

Part II Explore: How can we discern the trivial many from the vital few?

5 Escape: The Perks of Being Unavailable 63

6 Look: See What Really Matters 73

7 Play: Embrace the Wisdom of Your Inner Child 83

8 Sleep: Protect the Asset 91

9 Select: The Power of Extreme Criteria 103

Part III Eliminate: How can we cut out the trivial many?

10 Clarify: One Decision That Makes a Thousand 119

11 Dare: The Power of a Graceful "No" 131

12 Uncommit: Win Big by Cutting Your Losses 145

13 Edit: The Invisible Art 155

14 Limit: The Freedom of Setting Boundaries 163

Part IV Execute: How can we make doing the vital few things almost effortless?

15 Buffer: The Unfair Advantage 175

16 Subtract: Bring Forth More by Removing Obstacles 185

17 Progress: The Power of Small Wins 193

18 Flow: The Genius of Routine 203

19 Focus: What's Important Now? 215

20 BE: The Essentialist Life 225

Appendix: Leadership Essentials 239

Notes 247

Acknowledgments 257

Index 259

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